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February 9, 1993 | Dean Takahashi, Times staff writer
O.C. Leadership: The newly elected leadership of the Software Council of Southern California, a trade group formed last year to foster growth in the regional software industry, includes a number of Orange County software executives. Steven E. Kruse, an executive at Irvine-based Pick Systems Inc., will serve as the first chairman of the nonprofit group. Stowe Boyd, president of Meridian Software Systems, which also is in Irvine, is the council's president.
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November 15, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Bill Manassero, executive director of the Southern California Software Council and a key player in helping to develop the Orange County and Los Angeles technology scenes, will announce today that he is stepping down. Manassero, 44, joined the council six years ago. Since then, he has helped transform the tiny effort into a powerful networking group driven by hundreds of volunteers.
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December 7, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
In another sign of the growing high-tech industry along the San Fernando Valley's 101 corridor, the Torrance-based Software Council of Southern California will establish a Valley chapter early next year. The new chapter's first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Woodland Hills and will feature a keynote speech by Brian Farrell, president and chief executive of interactive entertainment software developer THQ of Calabasas.
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December 7, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
In another sign of the growing high-tech industry along the San Fernando Valley's 101 corridor, the Torrance-based Software Council of Southern California will establish a Valley chapter early next year. The new chapter's first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Woodland Hills and will feature a keynote speech by Brian Farrell, president and chief executive of interactive entertainment software developer THQ of Calabasas.
BUSINESS
November 15, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
Bill Manassero, executive director of the Southern California Software Council and a key player in helping to develop the Orange County and Los Angeles technology scenes, will announce today that he is stepping down. Manassero, 44, joined the council six years ago. Since then, he has helped transform the tiny effort into a powerful networking group driven by hundreds of volunteers.
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October 25, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Software Council of Southern California will hand out its annual Southern California Software Industry awards Thursday at a 6 p.m. dinner at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Peerless Systems Chief Executive Edward Gavaldon will be recognized as CEO of the Year, and four other awards also will be presented. Hubert Joly, chief executive of CD-ROM maker Havas Interactive, will give a keynote presentation. Tickets are $100 for Software Council members and $150 for nonmembers.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1998
Sage Software Inc., the Irvine accounting software maker, will absorb its Dallas-based sister company, Sage U.S. Inc. Sage Software was formerly known as State of the Art. In March, the company was acquired for $263 million by The Sage Group PLC, a British accounting software conglomerate that also owns the Dallas firm. The merger will expand the Irvine company's access to research and development staff as well as expand its local employee base.
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November 9, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
JeTech Data Systems in Camarillo, a supplier of Internet products for labor resource planning, was named Software Developer of the Year by the Software Council of Southern California. The area running from San Luis Obispo to San Diego is home to more software companies than anywhere else in the world, according to the council.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1993 | Dean Takahashi, Times staff writer
O.C. Leadership: The newly elected leadership of the Software Council of Southern California, a trade group formed last year to foster growth in the regional software industry, includes a number of Orange County software executives. Steven E. Kruse, an executive at Irvine-based Pick Systems Inc., will serve as the first chairman of the nonprofit group. Stowe Boyd, president of Meridian Software Systems, which also is in Irvine, is the council's president.
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October 4, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Edward Gavaldon, who turned a money-losing Peerless Systems into a successful printer technology company, won the Software Council of Southern California's CEO of the Year award for 1999. Less than a year after joining Peerless in January 1995, Gavaldon led the El Segundo firm to its first profitable quarter in five years by licensing its core imaging technology to printer manufacturers. He raised $30 million in an initial public offering in 1996, and last year the company made a $4.
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June 7, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, Jonathan Gaw covers technology and electronic commerce for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7818 and at jonathan.gaw@latimes.com
After having read hundreds of business plans to select which companies would be allowed to make presentations seeking funds at last Wednesday's VentureNet venture capital conference hosted by the Software Council of Southern California, Beth Kinsey said she was impressed both by the quality of some of the businesses, and the mediocrity of many others. Hint: To get venture capitalists to give you millions of dollars for your business, you need to have a way of making money.
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